Austrian President called video with Vice-Chancellor and Russian woman shameful
Van der Bellen supports early elections.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen commented on the video scandal in which Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and the Russian woman discuss the possibility of financing Strache's election campaign.
“This is shameful footage. No one should be ashamed of Austria. In this sense, we need to rebuild trust. This is possible only with early elections,” Reuters quotes his words.
The president said he would discuss holding early parliamentary elections on Sunday. Earlier, Kurtz said he asks the president to hold them "as soon as possible."
Recall that the scandal broke out in Austria after the Suddeutsche Zeitung and Spiegel published a video in which Strache at a resort on the island of Ibiza was talking to a Russian who introduced herself as the niece of an oligarch from the Russian Federation and called herself Alyona Makarova. They discussed the readiness of the Russian oligarchs to finance Strache's campaign. For this service, they wanted to purchase the Kronen Zeitung newspaper and government orders given to the Strabag construction company.
Russia’s deposit insurance agency asked the court to involve an offshore company Clement Glory in a case against a fugitive banker and an ex-owner of Vneshprombank Georgy Bedzhamov. Clement Glory turned out to hold Bedzhamov’s real estate in Great Britain in pawn, reports RBC.